The word stewardship is making its way back into the popular vernacular of the Christian world. However, as I have listened to the context in which the verbiage is making a comeback I am noticing a trend in perspective that seems off base. It appears that a consistent mindset related to stewardship is focused on cost cutting. How can we get down to bare bones budgets and only use what’s needed? After all, barely getting by is the name of the game when it comes to all things holy, right?!

I’m not so sure. I often wonder if a better paradigm is abundance without waste. Jesus said He came to give us life and give it to us in fullness! I know the immediate knee-jerk reaction is to say, “That doesn’t mean lots of finances!” True. And the Scripture does NOT say that money is the root of all evil. It says that the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Why would that be?

Think about it. If you love money more than anything else then you will use and abuse people and objects to get more money which is an inanimate object that cannot meet your relational make-up for satisfaction. Money is a tool that empowers an existing mindset. If you have a poor mindset, money will amplify that mindset and the actions that follow. If you have a healthy mindset about money, now it is a resource that can be used to positively affect your life and the lives of those around you. What if God wanted to release enormous amounts of finances to His people who could steward the load without waste?

What is waste? Waste can be the careless use of a resource or the unusable remains of something. What if God wants to give us so much wisdom that we can find useful purposes for by-products? What if waste isn’t about the amount we use, but what we do with the leftover that remains? Let’s re-think stewardship. No longer from a miserly perspective but from an innovative perspective. Finding ways to re-purpose, re-use, or use for the first time products and services that benefit our fellow-man.

Heaven is full of resource without any trace of lack. We don’t have to fear abundance. We can trust Christ in us to help us steward resources to see visible increases of the Kingdom of God, here on planet earth. This too is good news!